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12/12/07

Student: "I'm Killing Everyone"

The student is suspended from Savannah Arts Academy pending an evaluation. The student is suspended from Savannah Arts Academy pending an evaluation.
Taken from the student's blog posting. Taken from the student's blog posting.

SAVANNAH, GA--Alabama, Mississippi, Columbine. Unfortunately, we've seen murder at a schools happen all too many times. Afterward, people say there were warning signs.

Yesterday, a 17-year-old student leaves a threat online against a high school here. But this time the school does something about it before the unthinkable can happen.

"I am killing everyone tomorrow." That's the message campus police say a Savannah Arts Academy student posted online Tuesday night referring to the students and staff at Savannah Arts.

Stephen Wagner's son goes to Savannah Arts. The message had him very concerned for his child's safety.

"We live in a violent society and we can't take any chances with our children," said Wagner.

School district spokesperson Bucky Burnsed says he wants to make sure parents know their children at Savannah Arts are safe, and as soon as they found out about the message, they acted very quickly.

"The child will not be allowed back in school until a proper evaluation has been performed to find out if the child is a threat to himself or family or to anyone else," said Burnsed.

Burnsed says another student found the posting and contacted the district last night. The posting has since been taken down and school went on as normal today and administrators at the Savannah Arts Academy notified the parents about the incident through the new parent notification system.

"We've seen this happen across the nation and we can't think it won't happen in Savannah," said Burnsed.

Wagner says he's just happy the district found out and took action before it was to late. "I think these things should be taken as serious as possible," he said. "It's no joke. There's no joking about it."

Today the school district says they did do several security checks and will continue to do so for the next couple of days.

Around 5:30pm, school district spokesperson Bucky Burnsed sent out a release that states no formal criminal charges are being filed against the student blogger at this time, but police are continuing to investigate.

Burnsed did reiterate in the statement that a proper evaluation of the student must be completed before he's allowed back in school and that since no charges are being filed at this time, the student's name will not be released.

Reported by: Brooke Kelley, bkelley@wtoc.com

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